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Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - Northern Mid Atlantic Ridge on Monday, 31 December 2018

Light mag. 4.9 earthquake  - Northern Mid Atlantic Ridge on Monday, 31 December 2018
31 Dec 20:55 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
Date & time: Monday, 31 December 2018 20:45 UTC
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 15.15°N / 46.3°W (international territory)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Mon, 31 Dec 20:45 UTCM 4.9 / 10 kmNorthern Mid Atlantic RidgeGFZ
Mon, 31 Dec 20:45 UTCM 5.1 / 10 km NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGEEMSC
2018-12-31 17:45:31 -03:00 (31 Dec 20:45:31 UTC)M 5.0 / 10 km- Northern Mid-Atlantic RidgeUSGS

User reports for this quake (92)

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Myerstown / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It sounded like an explosion, as if a bomb had gone off. With our development close to railroad tracks, I first wondered if it was a train derailment. We often hear artillery practice from Indiantown Gap, but, never ever anything like this!
Three Rivers MA / not felt : Many people in our town heard a loud boom and then a while later a second loud boom. Some felt the first. From what I understand, the police found nothing in the area, after trying to do some research I saw this Earthquale and wonder if it was a delayed effect.
New Freedom, PA / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Felt like shudder from loud thunder, in fact we all thought it was thunder.
Lewistown ,Pa / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Also new something happened because the dog got up from our bed . She doesn’t like loud noise like fire works and it was to early for them
Myerstown, Pennsylvania / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Extremely loud boom like someone set off several sticks of dynamite. We could feel the house shake. It happened again close to midnight the first time it was between 9 and 10 approximately.
Lebanon pa king street / Light shaking (MMI IV) : House shook windows rattled. They thought the Wuarry was blasting again
Lebanon / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Sounded like loud boom windows shook
Jonestown Pa / Weak shaking (MMI III) : We were sitting on the floor watching the ball drop and thought the light shaking was from the fireworks until we gotta call from somebody saying we just had an earthquake.
Myerstown, PA / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Myerstown, PA / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Loud noise and felt house shake.
Newmanstown, PA (4027.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : There was a large boom, similar to thunder, fireworks or a large truck passing by our house. I didn't notice any shaking, but I was busy in the kitchen of our home.
Lebanon pa / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Host, PA / Weak shaking (MMI III) : felt boom, thought something had fallen over in adjoining room
Lebanon PA / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I heard a loud boom and felt light shaking.
Myerstown / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Felt like a ripple and was accompanied by a noise like explosive thunder, but the thunder was moving with the quake. Dog was scared. And she handles thunder, so it was evident it wasn't just a storm.
Lebanon, Pennsylvania / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Newmanstown / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt like thunder, but also felt wall shake briefly.
Bethel PA (4037.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
South Lebanon, Avon / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
South Lebanon PA / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Heard boom felt shaking like a car hit the house
Newmanstown / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
17087 / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Loud boom followed by what sounded like something falling on floor above us.
Newmanstown pa / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Loud boom
Catasauqua PA / not felt : Heard loud rumbling sound like explosion or a big thunder!
55Leearden Rd., Hershey, PA (4053 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Heard 3 loud bangs/explosions
Richland, pa (0 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Prescott drive, lebanon pa 17046 / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Awoken by a loud noise and shake, woke everyone in the house and initially thought it was very close thunder.
Newmanstown , Pa / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Myerstown pa / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Loud explosions sound and a quick shake
Womelsdorf Pa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Upstairs in bed and Heard booms and felt slight shaking
Ephrata, Pennsylvania / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Our cats felt it as well.
Twin Maples Trailer Park, Jackson Township, Pennsy (4039.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Huge booms were heard and some minor shaking. We were just trying to party.
Lebanon, PA / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Pequea PA / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
North Lebanon Township/Myerstown, Pa (4039.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : At 9:15pm, we experienced what we thought was a loud explosion. Sounded like a bomb going off and our house shook. The shaking was worse than anything we experience when the Gap is practicing. It did not seem like an earthquake to us but an explosion.
Newmanstown Pa / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It sounded like a dresser fell upstairs and vibrated through the whole house
New Holland, PA / Light shaking (MMI IV)
south lebanon pa / Weak shaking (MMI III) : felt like car hit my house
Myerstown, PA (4036.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Heard a loud boom! Sounded like a gun or a bomb went off! The house felt like it was shaking for 2 or 3 seconds!
Myerstown PA / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Lebanon pa. / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt vibration and a very loud boom,like thunder
Bensalem, PA (261.7 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : At approximately 12:12 am, 1/1/19. EST in Bensalem PA. On 3rd floor and felt vibration from east to west
Lewistown, PA / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Myerstown pa / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I was outside at my mother in laws and felt and heard the loudest bang.
Avon. Pa. 17042 / Weak shaking (MMI III) : South of avon, loud bang/boom. Not from the sky. In ground. No shaking other than 2 second shock wave from sound source.Thought was bomb, plane went down close, gas line explosion. Unusual sound. Not like other earthquakes.
Richland Pennsylvania / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Was in my home playing music and felt this explosion up to 5 seconds long..i knew fireworks were soon to go off but this wasn't any fireworks..The house shook and things rattled a bit then came to a complete stop
Myerstown, PA / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was at a New Year’s Eve party playing a game around a table. We all became alarmed when we heard a loud noise and felt the whole (large ) house shake for three seconds(?).I thought something very large and heavy may have hit the house roof from the south or that perhaps there had been an explosion very nearby. We stopped playing our game and discussed what we all thought it might be. I’ve experienced two other rumbles. One was just a slight rumbling while the other made the bookshelves swa
Myerstown PA West Lincoln Ave / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Very Loud explosion sound dynamite was set off in our development sound like it came from the sky and the whole house shook
Myers town Pa. USA / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Richland,PA / not felt : You did not feel this “earthquake” in Lebanon County or anywhere in Central Pennsylvania. Use your head people. Look at the map where this occurred. Keep drinking the kool aid
North Lebanon Township, Lebanon, PA / not felt
Richland / Light shaking (MMI IV) : My husband n I were in our room watching tv n our daughter was in hers. We heard a loud bang n our house shook. We thought someone hit the house. I ran outside n looked around and seen nothing.
We felt it on North River Road, Lewistown Pa. Hear (430.2 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Myerstown / Light shaking (MMI IV)
South Lebanon twp / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Heard loud boom outside. House vibrated, slightly shook.
Jonestown we heard a distant boom and rumble like / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Jonestown. We also heard a distant boom and rattling of windows with a rumble like a blast from Indiantown Gap.
Lebanon pa / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Lititz, PA / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I live in Lititz. I was quietly reading and heard the boom and felt very slight movement... busy ppl may not have noticed.
Myerstown, Pa (4029.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I was outside, did not feel it but heard a very loud boom. Thought it was thunder just overhead, so I headed inside where everyone had felt it (light shaking) approx. 2120.
Richland PA / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Watching tv and heard a boom and the house shook. We actually thought someone threw a quarter stick close by because we heard a quarter stick boom a little earlier and it was New Years Eve. We called our friend who lives one house away and he said his house shook and heard it too.
North Lebanon township pa / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Heard a loud boom. The entire house shook.
Akron, PA / Weak shaking (MMI III) : It sounded like a small explosion and then slight shaking. I thought a plane flew over our house too close.
Avon, PA / not felt : I slept right through it :-) But everyone else in my area (Lebanon, PA) and on social media felt it. Happy New Year!
Myerstown, PA / not felt : Did not feel any shaking, but a very loud bang. Almost like something massive fell down in the house.
Richlan, PA (4030.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : My family was all in the dining room when it occured and we suddenly started searching the windows thinking that a car accident had occured in front of our house. I run a water company and we often see an increase in are well water turbidity a few days after an earthquake happens. Even if that earthquake occurs hundreds of miles away.
Fredericksburg pa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Heard explosion Felt alomst instantly like a single artillery shell. Could have been a meteorite, flashes of light reported, it also was raining. There was suppose to be a meteor shower last night. 945pm est
Time was around 2115 hours. Myerstown, PA. Just N / not felt : I texted my daughter in her apartment and she heard it too. Cats disturbed. I knew it was not lightening and thought could have been close gun shot. I live on W.McKinley Ave in Myerstown, PA. I had an uneasy feeling but did not feel any shaking of house, etc.
Schoeneck PA / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Loud bang and shock like a blast at a quarry.
Myerstown, Pa / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Loud boom that caused objects to fall and break in my home at around 9 30 PM New Year’s Eve night.
Kleinfersville pa / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Myerstown / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Something exploded somewhere. Items fell from whole. House shook. Loudest bang I personally ever heard
Myerstown / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Loudest bang we have ever heard. Ornaments fell from the mantle and shattered. Sounds like something exploded very close
Myerstown (4038.4 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Sounded like a VERY loud Sonic boom. Shook my house. Time of occurance 1932 hours.
Bernville, pa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : House shook slightly. Loud bang, like an explosion.
Stouchsburg Pa / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Myerstown / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : I thought my car blew up to be honest it was so loud and defiantly was not thunder.
myerstown pa / Light shaking (MMI IV) : the windows shook , loud band , like a canon or explosion some neighbors had plates fall off walls
Myerstown,Pa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : After initial bang and ground shaking noted ,I felt a light after shock while lying in bed
Myerstown,Pa / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Loud bang thought it was a firework or gas explosion right outside my back door,Ground shook for a few seconds,strong feeling. Neighbors outside stating they heard something.
Lebanon pa 17042 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Very quick sounded like loud bang and felt like a quarry explosion far away just for a sec
Burnham, Pa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Loud bang
Myerstown PA / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Loud bang like a bomb went off
Lebanon, PA / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
4008.7 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Newmanstown / Severe shaking (MMI VIII)
Myerstown, Pennsylvania / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt like an explosion
4030.3 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Lebanon / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Myerstown, pa / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Sounded like a bomb, whole house shook
myerstown pa / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Fredericksburg, PA / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Windows in the house rattled and it felt similar to local blasting and aircraft bombings.
Myerstown, PA 17067 (4036.8 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Very loud bang you could feel in your chest, house shook. Thought it was a bomb.

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